Five fab (and free) tools for creating and editing quality web video content

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If a picture tells a thousand words, how many does a video tell?

A million? At least.

But up until recently I never considered creating and editing videos because I thought they were a) too much hard work and b) too expensive.

Well, you know what, they aren’t that hard to produce…and you can create some great stuff for free (virtually).

All you really need is a few tools, some patience and some decent footage / content.

The tools:

Flip Video Mino HD – Handheld Camcorder

The only thing you need to pay for, but what a great investment.

Flip Camcorders are the size of an average mobile phone, shoot in HD quality, are easy to use and have their own editing software.

I carry mine with me everywhere I go. They really are a ‘handy’ cam.

Windows Movie Maker – Full Editing Suite / Programmme

Everyone has their own opinion on which software to use to edit videos but for me, this one is the easiest to use.

There are a few options out there, but if you are just starting out, this is a good option to take.

Free Play Music – Royalty Free Music

Being a law-abiding citizen, I’d never use music that I didn’t have the rights to use…but at the same time I am not Steven Spielberg (clearly) and don’t have a production budget.

No problem. Free Play Music is a collection of royalty free tunes, categorised by feel / mood / style, that can be used as the background to your video.

And each tune us free!

Find Sounds – Sound Effects Software

I luuuuurve sound effects…even the really naff ones.

Find Sounds is another free service which provides you with anything and everything you need as far as effects go.

A car engine revving up? A plane taking off? Applause? It’s all there.

Free Video File Converter

One of the big obstacles I came up against was the number of different formats out there…it’s a nightmare.

With a file converter like this one you can literally take any format and convert it into the one that suits you. You can even convert YouTube videos into formats for editing. Cool eh?

There are a bunch of ‘how to videos’ out there which show you how to use each of these tools (particularly Windows Movie Maker), so once you have all the tools, take some of these in and before you know it you’ll be producing videos.

AV

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